fleet

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A fleet is usually a large group of ships, but it can be any group of vessels like planes or cars that operate as a unit. A naval fleet is the largest formation of warships. A naval fleet at sea is like an army on land.

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To sail; to float.

Noun
a group of warships organized as a tactical unit

Noun
a group of steamships operating together under the same ownership

Noun
group of motor vehicles operating together under the same ownership

Noun
group of aircraft operating together under the same ownership

Verb
disappear gradually; "The pain eventually passed off"

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Verb
move along rapidly and lightly; skim or dart

Adjective S.
moving very fast; "fleet of foot"; "the fleet scurrying of squirrels"; "a swift current"; "swift flight of an arrow"; "a swift runner"


n. & a.
To sail; to float.

n. & a.
To fly swiftly; to pass over quickly; to hasten; to flit as a light substance.

n. & a.
To slip on the whelps or the barrel of a capstan or windlass; -- said of a cable or hawser.

v. t.
To pass over rapidly; to skin the surface of; as, a ship that fleets the gulf.

v. t.
To hasten over; to cause to pass away lighty, or in mirth and joy.

v. t.
To draw apart the blocks of; -- said of a tackle.

v. t.
To cause to slip down the barrel of a capstan or windlass, as a rope or chain.

v. i.
Swift in motion; moving with velocity; light and quick in going from place to place; nimble.

v. i.
Light; superficially thin; not penetrating deep, as soil.

v. i.
A number of vessels in company, especially war vessels; also, the collective naval force of a country, etc.

v. i.
A flood; a creek or inlet; a bay or estuary; a river; -- obsolete, except as a place name, -- as Fleet Street in London.

v. i.
A former prison in London, which originally stood near a stream, the Fleet (now filled up).

v. i.
To take the cream from; to skim.


Fleet

Fleet , v. i. [imp. & p. p. Fleeted; p. pr. & vb. n. Fleeting.] [OE. fleten, fleoten, to swim, AS. fle'a2tan to swim, float; akin to D. vlieten to flow, OS. fliotan, OHG. fliozzan, G. fliessen, Icel. flj&omac;ta to float, flow, Sw. flyta, D. flyde, L. pluere to rain, Gr. to sail, swim, float, Skr. plu to swim, sail. &root;84. Cf. Fleet, n. & a., Float, Pluvial, Flow.] 1. To sail; to float. [Obs.]
And in frail wood on Adrian Gulf doth fleet.
2. To fly swiftly; to pass over quickly; to hasten; to flit as a light substance.
All the unaccomplished works of Nature's hand, . . . Dissolved on earth, fleet hither.
3. (Naut.) To slip on the whelps or the barrel of a capstan or windlass; -- said of a cable or hawser.

Fleet

Fleet, v. t. 1. To pass over rapidly; to skin the surface of; as, a ship that fleets the gulf. Spenser. 2. To hasten over; to cause to pass away lighty, or in mirth and joy.
Many young gentlemen flock to him, and fleet the time carelessly.
3. (Naut.) (a) To draw apart the blocks of; -- said of a tackle. Totten. (b) To cause to slip down the barrel of a capstan or windlass, as a rope or chain.

Fleet

Fleet, a. [Compar. Fleeter ; superl. Fleetest.] [Cf. Icel. fljtr quick. See Fleet, v. i.] 1. Swift in motion; moving with velocity; light and quick in going from place to place; nimble.
In mail their horses clad, yet fleet and strong.
2. Light; superficially thin; not penetring deep, as soil. [Prov. Eng.] Mortimer.

Fleet

Fleet, n. [OE. flete, fleote, AS. fle'a2t ship, fr. fle'a2tan to float, swim. See Fleet, v. i. and cf. Float.] A number of vessels in company, especially war vessels; also, the collective naval force of a country, etc. Fleet captain, the senior aid of the admiral of a fleet, when a captain. Ham. Nav. Encyc.

Fleet

Fleet, n. [AS. fle'a2t a place where vessels float, bay, river; akin to D. vliet rill, brook, G. fliess. See Fleet, v. i.] 1. A flood; a creek or inlet; a bay or estuary; a river; -- obsolete, except as a place name, -- as Fleet Street in London.
Together wove we nets to entrap the fish In floods and sedgy fleets.
2. A former prison in London, which originally stood near a stream, the Fleet (now filled up). Fleet parson, a clergyman of low character, in, or in the vicinity of, the Fleet prison, who was ready to unite persons in marriage (called Fleet marriage) at any hour, without public notice, witnesses, or consent of parents.

Fleet

Fleet , v. t. [AS. fl&emac;t cream, fr. fle'a2tan to float. See Fleet, v. i.] To take the cream from; to skim. [Prov. Eng.] Johnson.

To sail; to float.

To pass over rapidly; to skin the surface of; as, a ship that fleets the gulf.

Swift in motion; moving with velocity; light and quick in going from place to place; nimble.

A number of vessels in company, especially war vessels; also, the collective naval force of a country, etc.

A flood; a creek or inlet; a bay or estuary; a river; -- obsolete, except as a place name, -- as Fleet Street in London.

To take the cream from; to skim.

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Usage Examples

The fleet sailed to its war base in the North Sea, headed not so much for some rendezvous with glory as for rendezvous with discretion.

Misspelled Form

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Other Usage Examples

Buonaparte has often made his boast that our fleet would be worn out by keeping the sea and that his was kept in order and increasing by staying in port but know he finds, I fancy, if Emperors hear the truth, that his fleet suffers more in a night than ours in one year.

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